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    Guest Blog by Octavia Foundation: the importance of befrienders

Guest Blog by Octavia Foundation: the importance of befrienders

Octavia Foundation aims to connect people affected by unemployment, ill health, social isolation or low incomes in central and west London with opportunities for positive personal change. As part of their work, they co-ordinate a Befriending service, intended to help reduce loneliness and isolation with the older people living in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. The service heavily relies […]

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    Guest blog by Ellen O’Doherty: volunteering with SmartWorks

Guest blog by Ellen O’Doherty: volunteering with SmartWorks

Ellen O’Doherty, from the LSE Department of Statistics, did a summer internship with insurance company Aon. During her internship she was introduced to one of our charity partners, Smart Works! Read on to find out how she raised over the target money and why she decided to keep volunteering with them.
Smart Works is a charity that provides high quality […]

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    Guest blog by Samantha Brooks-Hutchinson: Volunteering with Ham House

Guest blog by Samantha Brooks-Hutchinson: Volunteering with Ham House

During the year, the LSE Volunteer Centre runs a one-off volunteering programme, which allows students to volunteer who might not have a lot of time or want to try it for the first time! Samantha (Msc Accounting and Finance, 2019) joined us at Ham House to help wrap up gifts for the local primary school children. Read on to […]

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Guest post: Carole Reniero

Carole Reniero (BA Social Anthropology 2018) is the London Programme Manager at CoachBright, who support students and young professionals via coaching. In this blog Carole reflects on how volunteering for the organisation helped her during her time at LSE and how a similar 1-1 coaching could have the potential to improve the lives of younger children who grow up […]

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LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2019 Nominations

We’ve been celebrating the amazing nominations that our partners, staff and students have made for LSE Volunteer of the Year (check out Part One and Part Two here). However, there is another award to be won at the LSE Volunteers Awards evening: LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year! Last year Coin Street Community Builders won the award. We’re delighted to […]

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LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019 Nominations: Part Two

We’re excited to reveal Part Two of the collection of nominations for LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019. Again, we are filled with pride to know that LSE students are volunteering across a range of causes, doing a variety of roles and making a noticeable impact for each organisation. Read Part One to make sure you’re up to date […]

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LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019 Nominations: Part One

The LSE Volunteer Centre has had a record breaking year for nominations for LSE Volunteer of the Year Award 2019, with 38 different students being put forward by charities, fellow LSE students and LSE members of staff. We’re incredibly proud to be home to so many committed, enthusiastic and passionate student volunteers. The winner will be announced at the […]

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    Guest Blog by Jasmine Pearce: Volunteering for the Helen Bamber Foundation

Guest Blog by Jasmine Pearce: Volunteering for the Helen Bamber Foundation

Lots of students across the school volunteer in their spare time, but the  LSE Law Department is home to a lot of committed student volunteers. This week we’re hearing from Jasmine Pearce about her experience volunteering in her first year for the Helen Bamber Foundation.
When I first started studying at the LSE, I remember feeling hugely overwhelmed. Day 2, Freshers Week, and […]

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Guest Blog by Jeanette Lee: Crisis at Christmas

Lots of students across the school volunteer in their spare time. Our next few blog posts are specifically from students in the LSE Law Department. This week we’re hearing from Jeanette Lee about her experience volunteering for Crisis over the Christmas holiday.
In December 2018, I volunteered with Crisis for Christmas – a homeless shelter that operates through various centres throughout London […]

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Guest Blog by Sindi Kuci: LSESU STAR Refugee Week

Next week LSESU are celebrating Refugee Week 2019, with the theme of “Uncertain Futures”. The week is organised by the Refugee Week Committee in conjunction with LSESU STAR (Student Action for Refugees), and it hosts a wide variety of events. Sindi Kuci, an LSE General Course student, has been working hard as a member of the Refugee Week Committee […]

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    Guest Blog by Maddy Potter-Wood: Volunteering for LSE SU Refugee Week

Guest Blog by Maddy Potter-Wood: Volunteering for LSE SU Refugee Week

Next week LSESU are celebrating Refugee Week 2019, with the theme of “Uncertain Futures”. The week is organised by the Refugee Week Committee in conjunction with LSESU STAR (Student Action for Refugees), and it hosts a wide variety of events. Read on to find out more about what it’s like to volunteer on the committee, from Events Manager Maddy […]

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    Guest Blog by Maria Nefeli Skotori: Volunteering at the Centre for Criminal Appeals

Guest Blog by Maria Nefeli Skotori: Volunteering at the Centre for Criminal Appeals

Lots of students across the school volunteer in their spare time. Our next few blog posts are specifically from students in the LSE Law Department. Last week we published some amazing quotes showcasing their work and this week we’re hearing from Maria Nefeli Skotori about her experience volunteering in her first year.
I volunteered for the Centre for Criminal Appeals from […]

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Volunteering: Law Student Special

Lots of students across the school volunteer in their spare time. Our Student Volunteering Ambassador, Jennifer, has been talking to her fellow peers in LSE Law Department in the run up to Student Volunteering Week. From this she found out that lots of law students were also volunteering, and not just in pro-bono work! Here’s some amazing quotes, and […]

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Guest Blog by Arya Gerard: Volunteering with FoodCycle

A Student Volunteering Week Special! Here’s one of five fantastic blogs that we’re posting this week to celebrate Student Volunteering week. This one is from one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors, Arya, and their experience volunteering for FoodCycle.
I believe that no one should go hungry. It was that belief that spurred me to dabble in food waste based volunteering in Birmingham […]

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    Guest Blog by Annie Thomlinson: 5 Different Ways to Volunteer

Guest Blog by Annie Thomlinson: 5 Different Ways to Volunteer

A Student Volunteering Week Special! Here’s one of five fantastic blogs that we’re posting this week to celebrate Student Volunteering week. This one is from one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors, Annie Thomlinson. Keep reading to find out some of the amazing ways you can get involved in volunteering from a students’ perspective…
Volunteering is more than simply making coffee, […]

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    Guest Blog by Maelys Hohagen: Exploring the ethics of overseas volunteering

Guest Blog by Maelys Hohagen: Exploring the ethics of overseas volunteering

A Student Volunteering Week Special! Here’s one of five fantastic blogs that we’re posting this week to celebrate Student Volunteering week. This one is from one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors, Maelys. She explores the ethics of overseas volunteering, it’s connection to social media and explores the ‘white saviour syndrome’.
Yes, volunteering abroad is amazing. You get to travel, to […]

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How to volunteer sensitively and be aware of power dynamics

Power dynamics isn’t something that often comes up when volunteering is discussed but understanding your role as a volunteer in the relationship with the beneficiary can determine the success of a programme. In this piece David Coles, LSE Volunteer Centre Manager, shares some of his failings, what he learnt and some tips to ensure that you volunteer in a […]

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How to get your volunteering started

People often talk about why they volunteer. From benefiting communities and making a positive change, to finding new friends and developing skills: everyone has their own reasons why volunteering is for them, and all are valid. We talk a lot about the benefits of volunteering but often less about the how. Maybe you have decided you’d like to volunteer but are not […]

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Guest Blog by May: Charity Week at LSE

May was one of the key organisers of Charity Week at LSE from the Islamic Society. Read on to find out about the success of the week…
Charity Week is Islamic Relief’s flagship fundraising campaign which invites volunteers all over the world to raise money for orphans and needy children. Each year, over 200 institutions come together planning bake sales, […]

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    Guest blog by Jennifer Fernandez: Volunteering over the summer

Guest blog by Jennifer Fernandez: Volunteering over the summer

The holidays between university are a time for relaxing, regaining strength and going on adventures. Jennifer Fernandez, LLB Law 2020, is undergoing her second year as one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors. Jennifer tells us about her experience of volunteering over the summer and how it helped her to de-stress.
After a stressful end of term, I crashed into the summer […]

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